Description (from Amazon): Been reading up on the latest best sellers eh? The usual suspects, huh? That’s cool man, I like familiar things too- I mean if I was drinking only grape juice for the last twenty years of my life, I guess I’d be pretty used to it by then. But if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, something new, something not grape- then give Of Hearts And Stars a read. It’s not about wizards and vampires, I promise.
Before I comment on the cover art, I wanted to draw attention to the opening paragraph of the description. While the humor is amusing, it fails to do the most important thing a description should do for a book — tell me about the book. While he gives a blurb in the next paragraph, I found I was unable to get past the combination of the cover plus the tone of the description.
To be blunt, I get the distinct feeling the author was talking down at me for the things I like reading — and I like reading about wizards. While I sometimes don't agree with the selection of books that make the bestseller list (George Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice comes to mind) I respect the fact that these books, for whatever reason, entertain people — they make people read.
Insulting the people who either love to read or are just getting started with reading by browsing the bestseller list isn't a way to sell your book to me.
It is a way to ensure I won't click to look at the sample or buy this book, though.
I'd like to say something about the art here, but most of the cover is white space broken up by a border with a stationary-style header. I haven't quite figured out what the purpose of that shockingly-blue gradient is. At least the stars in the header of this cover make sense and tie in with the cover.
To me, this doesn't even classify as cover art. Is this a romance novel? As science fiction? Did someone exchange spades for stars in a deck of cards and write a book about it? This cover has nothing to tie me to the genre. It has very little substance at all.
There are no characters. There is nothing mystical to evoke fantasy. There is nothing of the science fiction genre to evoke the sense of science fiction. This cover lacks every design element that normally attracts me to a cover.
It caught my attention for all of the wrong reasons — mainly because of the massive use of white space.
This is the only thing that might really class as science fiction for me. The font does have that campy, 1980s style used with some cult classics. However, unlike Star Trek, or any Asimov novel I can think of, it lacks the inherent charm of a campy cover.
The font doesn't stand out; it doesn't make up for everything else this cover lacks. The only thing I feel when I look at this font is that someone found a font they liked, stuck it in the middle of the page, added their name to the bottom, and went on to do something more interesting.
I'm not even sure where to begin with improving this cover. There are so many things that could be done better, with a little bit of time, a search through some creative common licensed photographs, and an hour of alone time with photoshop.
Why I didn't buy this book:
Once again, I'm not even sure where to begin, but here is a quick list:
There's more, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to go on.